We're all distracted, worried, and out of sorts. It makes sense that some of our healthy habits aren't happening. But, staying hydrated is important, especially for runners.
Are you drinking enough fluids each day? If you're like me, and get distracted or forget to drink up, consider the HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle. It reminds me to drink when it glows and sends me funny texts.
Good hydration is an easy way to take good care of yourself. Keep reading to learn the benefits of hydration and how HidrateSpark can help.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Drinking water is good for you in lots of ways. It helps your heart, brain, and muscles function. Fluids deliver nutrients to your cells. Water flushes bacteria from your bladder.
Here are a few more ways staying hydrated keeps you healthy:
Water Makes Your Skin Glow
Really. If you're dehydrated, your skin is less elastic. It looks dull. When you're hydrated, your skin looks supple and healthy.
Water Improves Cardiovascular Health
Dehydration lowers blood volume causing your heart to work harder. Your heart pumps harder to get the decreased amount of blood and oxygen to your cells. When you're hydrated, your blood volume is sufficient. Your heart doesn't need to work so hard.
Water Helps Muscle and Joint Function
A hydrated body has plenty of water in the cells of contracting muscles. Your muscles perform better because fluids moved nutrients to them and removed waste from your body. Water also keeps your joints lubricated.
Water Cleanses Your Body From the Inside
Your kidneys need water to their job. Kidneys filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine.
If you're seriously dehydrated, your kidneys could stop working. If your kidneys don't function you risk toxins building up in your body. Good hydration can also prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
The Hidrate App Tracks Water Intake
The App connects to the HidrateSpark bottle via bluetooth and displays your daily water intake so you can easily track it at work, at home or on the go.
You calculate your personal hydration goal using the app's proprietary formula. It determines a daily goal based on your height, weight, sex, activity level, and elevation.
Remember to factor in your specific situation. Some medications can act like diuretics, which means you need more water each day.
You'll receive fun text message reminders throughout the day. The bottle glows when it's time to sip. I've never enjoyed reminders so much!
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Introducing "Butcher's Cut Fort Knocks"
Meat lovers, these shades are for you! Check out the newest LIMITED EDITION on the Knockaround menu.
These beefy Fort Knocks frames have:
Knockaround Limited Editions Sell Out Fast
If you're interested in these prime sunnies, go get 'em now. Knockaround's Limited Edition shades sell out fast. They only made 800 pairs of Butcher's Cut.
Click the link and go to the Limited Edition section to grab yours! FREE SHIPPING on all orders.
Gatorade Endurance has been encouraging everyone to stay active — and try out their endurance energy gels and thirst quencher powder.
If you're a fan of free samples, give the game a try to mix up your workout and score free stuff!
Play #GEFitLibs. Get Free Stuff.
Follow @GatoradeEndurance on Instagram to play the game. You can download the #FitLibs template from the link in their profile. I've posted the images below.
Choose a workout from each category. Use the corresponding word to fill in the Fit Libs template. Look at the image below to see how many lunges you need to complete to use the word SPIRIT for the category 1 blank space.
You can read my previous blogs to learn how the FitLibs game works, and to see everything in my #GEFitLibs FREE Care Kit.
Here's the Week 4 #GEFitLibs Post from Instagram
Tag @GatoradeEndurance + Use #GEFitLibs
After you completed your Fit Libs, tag @GatoradeEndurance and use #GEFitLibs when you post it to Insta. Next, you'll get a DM from Gatorade to arrange shipment of your free samples. The Care Kit includes thirst quencher and gels, plus stickers, pens, and a pocket size journal. (Image Credit: @GatoradeEndurance)
Play and Post to Get Freebies While Supplies Last
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It was a fun surprise when my Cinco de Miler race SWAG arrived on Mother's Day. I ran the 5 mile virtual race on May 2, and got all my goodies a week later.
The Cinco de Miler Race Shirt is Top Quality
I love, love, love the shirt! Its soft, tech material that's a little thicker than shirts we get at Florida races. I'm so glad it is! It will be perfect for northern excursions, and Florida winters.
There are sliming green side panels on both sides of the shirt. The length of the sleeves and the shirt were just right. I'm super happy with the fit and feel of it.
Disclaimer: I received a race entry as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
The Finisher's Medal Doubles as a Bottle Opener
The race medal is a winner, too. It's solid quality and a fun design. The sugar skull will look impressive hanging on a display from the colorful lanyard.
But, you have options. There's a magnet on the back, and the sugar skull mouth doubles as a bottle opener. You can stick the medal on a fridge or other metallic surface and use it for opening Cervezas!
Read My Cinco de Miler Race Recap
Curious about running a virtual race? Read my race recap to see how I added a scavenger hunt to add interest.
You can register to run Cinco de Miler virtual option until they run out of SWAG. I recommend it if you want some excellent SWAG and a nudge to get out the door and run!
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Like many of our favorite Spring races, The Providence Marathon morphed into a virtual run.
The original race date was May 3rd. Since all events in Rhode Island were cancelled, that didn't happen. (All previously registered runners were moved to the virtual run.)
The good news is, now everyone can run the 5K, Half or Full Marathon as a virtual race. If you're looking for motivation to keep moving, consider The Providence Marathon.
Keep reading to learn why the event went virtual, plus see the awesome SWAG! There's a 15% OFF discount code waiting for you at the bottom of this post.
Why The Providence Marathon is Going Virtual
The decision to cancel, postpone or switch to a virtual race is tough. Not every runner will be happy with any one decision.
It's important to understand that race organizations work ALL YEAR LONG to put together events. Most expenses occur long before race day. Many organizations don't have the resources to offer refunds, transfers or deferrals.
The Providence Marathon is going virtual because:
Plan your ideal Marathon, Half or 5K route where you live. Choose the day and time you want to run, then submit your results to receive an official finisher’s certificate! Click here for more details.
The Providence Marathon will ship all of your goodie bag items – finisher’s medal, race bib, premium fleece vest (full/half), and tech tee (all runners) directly to your door.
Race Medals for 5K, Half and Full Marathon
Ladies and Mens Cut Tech Race Shirts
I love when both mens and ladies cuts are offered for the race shirts.
SAVE 15% with Discount Code "RUN15" When You Register By May 31, 2020
If you already registered for the in-person event, your entry converted to virtual. But, if you want in on the fun now, you can register anytime before May 31. After you register, you can run your race when and where you want.
Don't forget to use my promo code: "RUN15" to SAVE 15% off your registration fee.
BONUS: Special 20% Discount Code for 2021
As a special thank you, every 2020 participant receives a 20% OFF discount code to next year's IRL race when registration opens for 2021.
It's hard to know what's going to happen to races in the future. For now, virtual races are a great way to support our favorite — and new to us — events during these weird times.
Best wishes and good luck on all your racing endeavors!
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